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Russia denies 'war crime' claim after fatal hospital airstrikes

The Kremlin has rejected claims that Russia has committed a 'war crime' stating accusations it was behind the bombing of a hospital in Syria are "unfounded".

It comes after Turkey accused Russia of an "obvious war crime" yesterday after almost 50 civilians were thought to have been killed in missile attacks in northern Syria.

The attacks took place in the Idlib province and Azaz near the Turkish border.

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Assad: Ceasefire does not mean not using weapons

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that if a ceasefire happens between parties involved the country's ongoing conflict, "it doesn't mean each party will stop using weapons".

In an interview on broadcast on state TV, he also insisted nobody was capable of securing the conditions for a ceasefire within a week.

President Assad during an interview broadcast on Syrian state television. Credit: Syrian state TV

His comments come after world powers agreed to implement a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria at a conference in Munich last week.

"A ceasefire, a halt to operations, if it happened, it doesn't mean that each party will stop using weapons.

"A ceasefire means in the first place halting the terrorists from strengthening their positions."

"Movement of weapons, equipment or terrorists, or fortification of positions, will not be allowed", he added.

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